The extended meeting of the Council for Economic and Investment Policy was held on Friday, 11 May 2018.
The governor emphasised that when approving the long-term development strategy of the region (up to 2035), it is necessary not only to clearly understand its goals and objectives, but also to work out mechanisms for achieving the desired result.
“The Government of the Penza region, in conjunction with the scientific community, experts, representatives of public organisations, manufacturing enterprises, and municipalities, undertook intensive work. Many residents of the region also actively participated in this work,” Ivan Belozertsev stated. “The updated development strategy of the region should form the basis for cooperation of regional authorities, civil society, business community, public and scientific organisations. In order to ensure transparency and publicity of the drafting process, all sections of the strategy were explored at the extended meetings of sectoral working groups, which were attended by the mass media”.
“Today we have a great opportunity to generate public detailed discussion involving heads of sectoral ministries and departments, representatives of business, scientific and educational communities,” the governor added.
Ivan Belozertsev stressed that the main objective set for the heads of the Russian regions by RF President Vladimir Putin is the development of domestic production for building non-resource-based economy.
“This applies not only to the implementation of major federal investment projects, but also to the creation of new growth areas at the regional level,” the governor noted. “The Penza region should develop as a territory of advanced economic growth. It should become more attractive for conducting business and comfortable living, for fostering education, science, culture and tourism”.
“In addition, our efforts should be aimed at preserving health of our citizens and involving them in physical activities and sports,” Ivan Belozertsev summarised.
Andrey Kulintsev, First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Penza Region, announced the primary development areas of the region up to 2035. He supervises the development of the draft strategy.
Over the period of 2007 – 2017, the increase in the industrial production index in the Penza region exceeded 209%. This indicator is the highest in the Volga Federal District and it is above the average Russian level. As compared with 2007, labour productivity in the industrial sector grew by a factor of 3.7.
In terms of agriculture growth rates, the Penza region ranks first in the Volga Federal District. They are also well above the average Russian rates. The region leads in poultry and livestock production. In recent years, the Penza region has taken the lead in manufacturing and processing poultry meat (including through the implementation of major investment projects, which are among the core drivers of the regional economic growth).
Andrey Kulintsev focused the attention of the Council members on the fact that the main stakeholder of the regional Social and Economic Development Strategy is the human being.
“Based on the analysis results and expert estimates, the main goal of the strategy is to ensure steady improvement of public prosperity through the long-term advanced social and economic development,” the deputy chairman underlined. “First of all, this goal implies maintaining growth in personal incomes, economic sectors and GRP, which are ahead of the average Russian indicators”.
Aleksandr Gulyakov, Rector of Penza State University, indicated that the quality of higher education should be a key priority in the face of competition for skilled personnel between Russian regions.“The leading regional universities are to promote effective learning integrated with the research work of the universities and the needs of the regional economy,” he said.